Monday, July 28, 2008

The Pompitous of Love

The song "The Joker" popped into my head today, because I was watching TV this morning (yeah, I know, you’re shocked--because I only watch about 16 hours a day.)

Anyway, the host needed to break for a commercial. He said something so stupid, I immediately looked at the Crotchety Old Lady to confirm he said what he did.

She basically gave me a


look as the host said, “Let us vegetate on that while we take a commercial break.”

Ok, anyone who has read my blog more than twice knows I play fast and loose with the English language. If I can’t find a word to fit a situation, I use the Steve Miller method and just make one up.

I’m fine with that, as are most of my readers. The reason is that I make up the words, so obviously I’m using them properly. But you know what really grinds my gears?


When someone tries to look intelligent by using multi-syllabic words and then misuses them. I’d much prefer to be told to think about something than to vegetate about it.

But that’s just me.

By the way, did you ever look up the meaning of pompitous?


MYM said...

I always wondered what that meant, and it doesn't mean anything? LOL Now that's funny.

I'm going to go vegetate on it.

Da Old Man said...

@ Drowsey: LOL

Anonymous said...

That's too funny..

TheFLy said...

Some people call me the space cowboy.
Yeah! Some call me the gangster of love.
Some people call me Maurice,
'Cause I speak of the pompitous of love.

Bradley said...

While someone who uses words to TRY and sound intelligent is bad, I think stuffy news anchors who try to come across as wacky from time to time are worse.

lot 2 learn said...

Vegetate? What the heck is that? Some new " green " word?

Anonymous said...

And it's almost worse when they mispronounce them, although that at least is good for a laugh.

I'll never forget Claudia Winkleman at a red carpet event telling us all that some poor celeb or other was the epitome of fashion. Which is fine, unless you mispronounce it.

She'll always be Claudia 'Eppy Tome' Winkleman to me.

And I hope she's still writhing.

Da Old Man said...

@ dani: After I got over the shock, I cracked up.

@ armando: Singing the classics. Gotta like it.

@ Bradley: It is kind of messed up when they are describing some tragedy, and then minutes later, they are learning juggling from Grandma the Clown.

@ lot2learn: You're right, someone must have told him he needs to "think green."

@ jay: When they do something like that, no one could possibly think they are reading off a teleprompter. :)

Unknown said...

I suspect in the context of THAT fellow, he might very well BE using "vegetate" right.

He sounds like a bit of an eggplant to me. :)

Da Old Man said...

@ Jenn: Eggplant is the most intelligent of all the vegetables, though.

Chat Blanc said...

I put that guy up there with the local man I heard about on the news today who was stabbed 30 times for trying to sell grass clippings as pot. Brilliant people.

Da Old Man said...

@ Sandy: 30? Good thing it wasn't to a coke head. He would have been stabbed 300 times.

Matt said...

pompitous....damn that "smart" music.

Nowadays it's boiled down to the lowest common denominator....I heard a song on the radio called "I kissed a girl"...sung by a girl.

Excuse me...I need to go youtube this to see if it will quell or enhance my fantasy.

Da Old Man said...

@ Hypocritical one: It works either way

Kelly Ann said...

I like to use big words and confuse myself, but think I am right all the time. If I'm wrong I admit it and change the usage. I haven't looked up all the words I know in a dictionary though, I think that's a part of the problem. That and I was reading 12th grade material in 4th grade, so pretty much made up my own meanings to the words based on the sentence and the surrounding paragraph.

a.eye said...

@ The Hypocritical One

Haven't seen the video, but a friend of mine believe that if it is played in a club you will suddenly see a lot of people acting it out. Haven't been to find out if it is true yet, but with enough alcohol in certain clubs, anything can and will happen.

Da Old Man said...

@ Chica: That's fine. I guess I expect more from a guy on an educational talk show on TV.

shyne said...

I heard an announcer pronounce awry as aw-ree....scratched my head over what he was talking about!
Then I slapped my forehead.....geez, am I ever slow!
Another teleprompter "oops".

Libertine said...

Ever since hearing "The Joker" on a Simpsons episode several years ago, I've associated that with Homer Simpson. If I'd have written this post, I'd have put a picture of Homer in rather than the Family Guy.

Da Old Man said...

@ Libertine: I was torn between the Simpsons reference and the "Grind my Gears" Family Guy reference.